That’s it 2019! 2020, Let’s go!

31 Dec

Once upon a time, my partner said that if he really wants something (as possession of things, let’s say shirt, shoe, gadget, etc.) he would do anything to get it, he will put every focus and efforts to acquire that. Work hard, earn more and save more. He used to do that since he was a kid especially when he knew that he’s not a person with privilege. Nothing’s free, nothing’s fall from the sky, there’s no free lunch.

Well, who doesn’t?

Unless you’re very rich people and everything can happen in an instant.

My story is a bit different. my family actually quite wealthy. But then I couldn’t get what I want anytime, yet  I am to dependents on my parents. Also, I wasn’t that creative to make money. So then I was just hoping that someday the God and universe grant my hope. I did try something real to work it out, but we all know a tiny force will never efficient and ineffective for greater aim. So you might have to wait until the impact happens. As time goes on until it really happens, I also did this to remind (entertain) myself:

Start to possess the smaller part first, before heading to the whole thing. Some examples:

When I want to buy a laptop, I buy the bag first.

Wanna have a motorbike?buy the helmet first

In the end, I did it, even it took years to fulfill my hope and I’m surprised that I can survive my life with these kinds of mindset.

This still relates in some other things that I got this year, or at least in this decade and it’s really great moments.

I remember when my seniors in university told me about their internship in some rescue centers. Then I was thinking that someday I’m gonna go there too. Ten years later I reach all of those places for collaboration works, mostly to share and train my knowledge there.

I remember when I was working with the gibbon and I knew that there’s a special group for Orangutan veterinarian with all of their cool workshops. I was hoping that someday I could join the workshop of Orangutan Vet group someday and I was hoping the gibbon vet would gather for the same thing and in it’s happening for the second time this year (I participated in the group too!!)

Another fun story, 8 or 9 years ago I adored this wildlife photographer artwork and bought his first book. Then out of nowhere, just a month ago I arranged a collaboration event with him. It’s the famous Riza Marlon.

Along the journey of 2019, I learned that the power of hope is so strong.

In the other hand, this year also one of “the weakest me moment”..got another dental infection again, had a terrible muscle sprain in my back and hip ( I went to several physiotherapy sessions) and the worst part, out of nowhere I got an oral Herpes infection, while everyone else in the house was healthy. A bold reminder of how I didn’t really manage my nutrition, especially the sugar intake. I didn’t exercise anymore.. Hopefully next year I could correct these.

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After all, I also need to gratitude more, since everything’s under control, my health recover. I also learn that gratitude is not just thanking, but also to share something with those who need it. I learn this through the good campaign of an NGO that loves to donate medical stuff to other NGOs. When you don’t have any funds, at least you can share your knowledge with those who need and that’s what I’m trying to do in the whole year.
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The last thing to recall in this year,  I’m happy and glad that my 2 cutie peaches: my wife and my daughter, really support and motivate me. Another gratitude to see their smile, though I’m a lousy husband and father.

The daughter turns 3 years old

 I’m glad during this year I can meet so many old faces from couple of years ago, yet they all look healthy and fine

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Out of nowhere this couple reach Bogor and contact me. Randomly they spend their night in the hotel next to my office 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 These two guys are my seniors in university, we grew up in the same organization. They did inspire me to be a wildlife vet actually. As the husband had internship experiences in orangutan rehab center and his research about fecal sampling in wild banteng in Baluran national park. He told me so many fieldwork and wisdom stuff, he also brought and introduced me to a rescue center for the first time! While the wife, had experiences internship in elephant conservation and multi-species rescue center. She told me about birdwatching and organization-administration stuff Last but least, they're a lovely couple and inspire my love life 🤣🤣🤣🤣 #senior #fkhua #kmpvpw

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Well, that’s it 2019. Thank you. You hit me really hard and yet you helped a lot to stand and walk again.

2020? let’s go!

 

 

 

Dental health

16 Aug

For me and probably some other people (hopefully not), dental health is the least concern stuff… I rarely take care of my teeth and my oral hygiene seriously. I don’t visit the dentist if I don’t find any trouble. the last time I checked my teeth to a dentist was at my late teenager, means it’s more than ten years ago. As more predisposition factor, I was lazy to brush my teeth since I was children and I love sweet food.  Bad things never happen to my teeth, but well I remember I had a refilling once on my left lower molar. As my teeth are anatomically in good shape too, except my irregular lower incisors structure. As my laziness in dental and oral hygiene continued, but I did to manage to brush my teeth every morning (before going to sleep?never!) only and I prefer to use mouthwash. Scary and disgusting isn’t it? But I just don’t care about it

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Though as a vet I got more dental cases since 2014, this just no enough to keep me aware. God already warned me to pay attention to my teeth just as same as my patient’s. Most of my patient had those broken teeth, so most of the time we have to do the extraction or refilling. And it’s not enough to change my perspective about my dental health.


Until shit happens in 2018. I’m getting old My lower right first molar was broken and split into half. My dentine got exposed from outside, which was very bad as the port of disease entrance. The first response was a pain whenever the site got exposure such as touch, thermal, drink and eat. At that moment, it’s very hard to control everything. So I went to a dentist in the nearest public health facility and I got their free of charge service. They put a temporary refilling for 2 weeks, then cover it with permanent refilling. Into the first week, the refilling was already gone, the dentist seems not friendly too. So I guess its better when there’s a price to pay. Then I came to another dentist, senior and respected too. He treated me with weekly temporary refilling then straight to the permanent refilling in the third week and that’s it, I was happy. He told me that even my tooth split to half, it’s just the crown, root canals still fine.

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Then almost at the end of 2018, suddenly I got a headache, cramp and bad pain around my facial, sinus, ear. I couldn’t chew any food, especially in my lower right jaw. And this just happens when I have to attend my office annual meeting in a remote place! I stand with the pain for almost 5 days. Was trying to hold the pain by some oral drugs, but it’s hopeless and helpless. As soon I finished my annual meeting, I visited my dentist again. He found the same problem in the same site just like before. But now it’s already periodontitis, infection in the root canal. Things that I just wrote and presented in a conference, just a couple month before. LOL! SO yeah, I have to deal with that drill, those files, he did go too far trough to my nerve and it’s hurt. He filed 3 lines one my root canals, tried to clean any dead tissue and soon refill the empty canal and tadaaaa…everything went to normal again. At this point, the dentist reminds me to aware of my oral hygiene since food stain in the teeth is the growth media of bacteria that will lead to infection.

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Before I was careless with my dental health and hygiene. I never brush my teeth before I go to sleep. Whenever I ask my daughter to brush her teeth before she goes to sleep, she just starts the drama by complaining why I don’t brush my teeth too and I simply answered “daddy is a bad example so his teeth is a mess and often sick”
But now, after the dentist warns me about my dental hygiene, I decided to take care and attention of my oral health by brushing my teeth before sleep. Because it’s not just about the pain, but it’s also about the price to pay for these treatments

I even went to the dentist for scaling promotion. Imagine, never been scaled for the rest of my life.
But then on this July, something bad happens again. It seems the same area in the right lower molar again. I was frustrated since that was the fourth time! The dentist seems surprised too. Then he checks every teeth. It turned out it’s not the same tooth. The old refilling looked fine, but it’s more to my last molar that grew in a bad position and made a cavity with another molar, trapped some food and become bacteria home. To support his diagnosis, I was told to do an oral x-ray. So yeah, I finally experienced the panoramic x-ray. The result was even cooler!!
All refilling still in their places, no more root-canal infections, even the oldest one that I had since a child. .

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His prediction about my last lower right molar was right. Short term treatment was just trying to clean the teeth with sensitive protector toothpaste and mouthwash. The long term treatment was, to remove my last right lower molar due to its abnormal position would hit other teeth and end in another trouble

 

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So yeah it’s tiring. But the fact is, now I regret my every bad behavior for my dental health. As it’s disturbing with the pain and the amount of money I’ve lost.LOL!

So yeah it’s tiring. But the fact is, now I regret my every bad behavior for my dental health. As it’s disturbing with the pain and the amount of money I’ve lost.LOL! I mean, just don’t try this at home!

So remember kids, brush your teeth regularly, especially before to sleep.

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Trying The Newest Mass Transportation; Is This The Future Face of Indonesia?

5 Jul

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When we traveling around Jakarta by private transportation, we’ll face that depressing situation a.k.a traffic jam. Though we switch to public transportation, it’s also inconvenience actually. The massive crowd from outer Jakarta fulfilled any kind of public transportation such as KRL or the Transjakarta. As Transjakarta also can trap in Jakarta’s savage traffic hour, even they already own an independent busway. LOL.

 

 

 

 

Apparently, it’s not just about the number of vehicles that flooded every inch of the street, it’s also because of the decreasing space in the street due to some constructions project. A project of promises in the future that already spoken since many years ago.

 

 

 

Yes, it’s the brand new alternative mass transportation’s infrastructure: MRT, LRT and also probably the ultra speed train Jakarta-Bandung. Anyway, most of us can’t wait to witness this milestone and luckily this year, some part of those new alternative mass transportation will start to operated!

Started with MRT, in March they already run the public trial and now it has been couple months operated. We had the opportunity to try the transportation during the public trial and it’s for free!!

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MRT Trial experience!! Light entertainment for a dad and a mom and their 2 year's old daughter 😂😂😂 So we tried the MRT Trial event. Set the schedule, booked the free ticket by Bukalapak and we went to the Dukuh Atas station and experience the MRT to Lebak Bulus station.we had fun for sure. Love the station, the train, the trip and facilities on it. They had nice toilets. Though it hadn't officially active so everything's should be good and right on the place. It reminds of the same facility in Singapore actually..to bad we found some direction sticker on the floor already looked bad, so hopefully they can mantain everything! Can't wait when they're already work!! #jakarta #jakartamrt #mrt #publictransportation #bonbontroopers

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To see the station, the design, the interior and the train itself, reminds me of the similar service in Singapore and Bangkok actually. it’s cool, fantastic and futuristic (of course). How I love the white noise of the MRT, how the people’s ambiance to try it, how all of us amazed when the train rose from the subway up to the skyway….!feels like a dream, well like a traveling dream in Singapore or some other modern country actually :p (just look at the pictures below :p )

 

 

 

But still, whenever new things come, there’s always this culture shock. Some people still unaware of how to get used in a public facility without to bother other’s comfort. Some are just ignorant. Trashing, cutting line, standing in the train’s chair, sitting on the train’s floor, normal people sit in the priority seat.

Then we skipped a couple of weeks ago with the LRT. Apparently, the LRT’s infrastructure project already finished in some parts and area, and they did the same way with MRT, organized a public trial. Again, nice infrastructure. But then we just realize that LRT was made for intersection hub to a smaller region, just like a feeder train, that’s why they are lighter with only 2 parts of carriage and designated for fewer people to take. The problem is, during the public trial, more people ride it. So there were too many people for just 1 train. You couldn’t enjoy the inside view of the rain while the track was shorter than MRT and there were only 6 stations to stop too…So yeah, it’s a crowded train. But the ambiance and sensation were just like riding a shuttle train in Changi airport. I bet it will be comfortable as long as it not too crowded.

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Two days ago was the last day of LRT's public trial, and we didn't miss the chance to try it for sure! The problem, the station option set in a far location which was in kelapa gading area!but we're not quitters 💪💪💪💪 We already registered online for the trial, then we got the ticket (similar to e-money/ those in KRL). Another problem. It's still on school's holiday season, so there were too many people want to try. Then we just realized that LRT stands for Light Rail Transit. Means smaller carriage ability and smaller distance coverage.it just contained two railway carriage.each station took 3minutes to reach. To be honest the facilities were great!it reminds me the airport's train in Singapore according to the size and the interior.but it can't carry more people so you'll get that discomfort feeling since the moment you make the line. As the track for public trial only for 6station (kelapa gading to velodrome), it's a quick sensation actually. But yeah, public transportation is a sign of modern civilization. Hope this will really works efficient in the future! #LRT #publictransportation #bonbontroopers #panggildiagemi

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Anyway, with all of this privilege, I hope we can keep and maintain these great facilities and really wish a dedicated service from the government to their civilians. I really believe that soon some other city would develop the same project as it really a future face of Indonesia.

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Journey : Padalarang

20 May

Hi!

Back again with me after all these months, I’m just wasted myself on many things and forgot this fun activity.

This time it’s gonna be a bit different than things that I used to write. This thing came up to my head for a couple of years ago, then it just disappeared and then popped out again. And it’s always happened during my travel time, especially whenever I go to the East/ south part of West java like Bandung or Ciamis.

 

WELL, WHY THE HELL I WENT THERE?

It’s because of fieldworks’ assignment. Rescue, release, meeting, etc. It’s the worst travel by car actually.  you’ll get stuck in Bekasi for hours whenever you pick the highway toll (I know, it’s silly). But the same result also can happen when you take the alternative way through the non-highway road by Puncak, although you could get better scenery and many stops option.

 

One of our drivers always chooses the non-highway as he could avoid the boredom and sleepiness. Then you’ll pass Puncak, Cianjur and reach this area called Padalarang. Sometimes it’s jam, sometimes it’s just easy road. After couple times hit this area… there were couple things that really memorable about this area…the karst mountain that actually already had a great destruction due the limestone mining exploitation, old Toyota’s container trucks loaded with tons of limestone (I think it’s the Toyota 60s something), some gigantic chilly gyps-replica  displayed in the whole street, gigantic marblestone and limestone on the side street and factories with all their massive air pollution. Suck place to pass for work, back and forth. While I can’t imagine how local people can survive with this condition. I mean I said that the karst mountain was actually a good scenery. But then what you can see just holes and some structures were half-destructed, it’s not fun anymore. Both legal and illegal mining already exploited the karst mountain since a century ago during the colonial era. BY the time goes on, it becomes more massive. The karst mountain almost gone, being destroyed for chalks, marble stone, minerals, a mixture of cement, an ingredient of toothpaste, etc. All of those mining stuff delivered by that Toyota’s old truck to the factories. The factories activity also worsen the condition of the environment itself. Dust, smoke…This stuff would kill people there slowly or at least make them got cancer. While speaking about this karst environment, another huge issue about exploitation is water supply. Gosh..first the air then the water. I’m so surprised that people around this area can survive their life.

Human, I can’t imagine what they’ve done for nature and it impacts goes back to themselves. ..

So folks. Whenever you passed this area, keep your window closed.

2018th leaped, into the 2019 leap

31 Dec

00-06-59-piyopikavet-full.jpgJust couple hours before we pass the 2018 gate and will enter the 2019 gate, and believe me it’s just another matter of crappy bullshit that I used to work every years to close the year. Some kaleidoscope, some summary or the trending stuff today, the rewind. I know I was lost within the mid of year after lost and found many months before. In fact I have no excuse other than lazy. So just like before, here’s my effort to fix it which is would easily break as soon the year switches. LOL

Before we just call it resolution, but then it’s non sense to put many list things to change who you are every year while there’s an easier term to define it simply as goals, new and old. This idea was quote by Gustika Jusuf Hatta on twitter and I agree for sure.

I won’t make it long as it reviewed everything month by month. So perhaps I just highlighted it as OK and NOT OK moment.

And I always love to tell everything from the bad side first.

NOT OK:

This year we loss our uncle (actually it’s my wife’s uncle). His wisdom will always in our heart. We loss also one of our resident’s cat in our house.

She’s Pucet. A stray cat that stayed in our house after we spayed it. We shared nice moment, Gemi also loves to play with her. Too bad someone just run her and she died instantly.

 

We struggled with everything in our pocket every time, as life went tougher, our daughter getting bigger, we almost run out of ammo. Trust me marriage isn’t an easy thing to work even with the so-called happiness = child. To keep up the same frequency with your spouse a perfect tone result also not easy. Especially when it disturbed by outsider like negative opinion about our life. At the beginning we tried so hard to follow the ideal life of people’s noise, but then regret always come after since they’ll never stop to shit you around. So I learn to be more ignorant for people’s shit.

Parenting is another exhausting thing to do. Since there are so many factors of successful parenting, but one big concern is to make peace with in your childhood time. The more I remember how bad my childhood (even with my prosperous family), the more I hate it and affect my behavior and my daughter’s behavior. It made me sick to deal with relatives in the past. Bad children and teen moment, high school sucks era, even my university life. I just want to wipe my trace from those. As it depress me one to another.

To run the marriage and parenting smooth means sometimes we had to sacrifice some stuff for the sake of our harmonic life. And for me, productivity is one of it. Beside to limit my me time such as hobbies and many other kinds fun attractions. Again this hit me mentally and physically.

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into the finish line of Surabaya trip, 1-8 august 2018. a planned holiday, while we also have to do some paper works too. my translated diploma certificate that stuck in the university for months (i dunno what happen, but it often happen!), the other one is our civil administration that amazingly finished just in time before we left (thank god!).this is our first time trip with our daughter. she had travel sickness just after the flight. she vomitted many times in a day.it worried us dor sure.we have to cancel our big family's trip to Malang. we had to bring her to the doctor. luckily she's fine and her hydration still ok too.well, every children had different strength, and i guess our daughter not that strong one 😂😂. well our vacation is fun, with all the worrying thing when she got sick.but yeah, really happy to spend our holiday in hometown after 2years. vacation is over, got to back to reality.while we have to aware if our daughter will get the travel sickness again.😅 #vacation #panggildiagemi #papbon #mambon #bonbontroopers

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Last year I easily got ill just because of flu, like 5 times a year. This year I’m getting stronger by simply to decrease my sugar consumption and had just one flu. But then problem affect my tooth. I got this periodontitis twice with so many expensive treatment. I couldn’t force myself for sports activity, since it’s one of my hobby that already forgotten very long time. The fact that I started to get this mental issues too. Whenever I stressed out for everything, I kinda loss my focus and got this sleep disturbance and it just affect my fitness in easiest signs, such as muscular pain in back. Though I’m naïve to start to look for help. One must goals to do in 2019 is to go to mental therapy.

Not only me, my daughter’s health also bit concerning as she easily get ill whenever she sleep less than 12 hours. it happened once in her first airplane travel and it break my heart to see that. But then we learned that all she need is enough sleep and nutrition and she’ll be just fine, even in the hardest day like what we did during our exhausting Bali quest.

I have to admit that I’m getting slower. All of my works are way behind to finish and often off targets. Including my charity works. I spay and neuter less for stray cats. I also have to commit that main charity program, d’alton Project, will be shutted down at anytime soon due so many things like funds, time and myself.

I write this again, that I have so many blocks on writing and read, so yeah. It will be a big failure and I need consider if this also still my passion.

So what OK for 2018:

In some other way to say productive, I’m quite happy can involve in some activity like volunteering in reptile conservation center as vet.

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got a call from @nathanrusli_wildlife for some snake's check up. recently the @ciliwungrc rescued some reticulated phytons. the plan is to relocate them to the wild soon. but we have to be sure that they're ready, physically and mentally. then we met this poor buddy who apparently got some serious open wound. some torn muscles, skin and quite necrotic too. probably old wound of physical trauma by sharp things such as machete's slashes. I was trying to clean the wound as I could and stitched it up. hopefully this could help our buddy!!🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞 the best thing of this pict is, each person gave their best effort together as a team, as most of us just knew each other for the first time! it's fun, it feels just like when you had a soccer game with new persons! #snake #wildlifevets #conservation #conservationmedicine #vetsurgery #python #veterinarymedicine #veterinarian

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I’m happy can share my insight about conservation medicine in Tambora Muda community )as most of them are unaware for things that I’ve done), such a pleasure.

I still can travelling to some place like Palu. It’s a beautiful place with good foods and happy can meet my friends there too. Too bad natural disaster happened couple months after, deep condolences.

I still can present my cases in Bali for ASCM conference as I attended the workshop with my family. My wife also joined the event, though is hard to split our time to babysit our daughter too. But yeah we had a good time in Bali before the event too. Visited some good places and met our old friends.

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Finally it's finish… i did my presentation quite smooth. i talked about The Effect of Endodontic Treatment in Survival Rates of Reintroduced Javan Slow Lorises in Indonesia in 11th meeting of ASCM conference in Bali. the bottom line of my talk is to know how's the survival rate of reintroduced javan slow loris that had undergone the endodontic treatment compared to those with complete teeth. these all happen because of the cruelty that happen in slow loris in indonesia.their teeth got clipped before theu were sold to the pet owner. whenever they got rescued and rehabilitated in IAR Indonesia, it's always become troubles for them as most of the time we have to extract the broken teeth and they're become toothless, which is not good for releasing candidate and it's almost reach 80% of our javan slow loris in the center.so we decided to treat the broken teeth with endodontic treatment, as we can save/restore teeth and provide more candidate s to be release.the problem is, could those who had undergone the endodontic treatment survive in the wild? #conservationmedicine #wildlifemedicine #slowloris #wildlifevets #ascm2018 #veterinarymedicine #veterinarian

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since we were planning to keep moving everyday when we were in Bali (at least until the conference moment), we decided to rent a motorbike from krisna motorbike rental for a week. quite worth price with 60K IDR/day for a honda vario 110cc. and they were willing to deliver and pick up the motorbike (only in Kuta area). so yeah, we did our quest!! like in day1, we drove from airport area to sunset area then seminyak and ended in Tabanan. in day2, we went to Sanur from Tabanan, then we visited to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue! at the last day we tried to reach Nusa Dua from Sanur and then finished our quest in airport. 2fat adults and a almost 2years old child, 1huge back pack (75L), a 30Lbackpack and a 25L sidebag!! #familytraveller #bonbontroopers #papbon #mambon #panggildiagemi #baliquest2018 #roadtoascm2018 #latepost

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I’m happy as finally I can replace my shitty phones with a new one. Cheap Chinese phone really helpful for sure! And finally I have this runaway, playing some addictive game like NBA live mobile (lol)

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4 gadgets for the last 5 years!I have to admit that I'm a lousy person for electronic stuff.. from left to right sony xperia acro –> samsung gt b 2700 xcover (but mine looked slightly different)–>Asus Zenfone 6–>Xiaomi redmi 5a before this 4, I used blackberry gemini and samsung galaxy mini..then i seek for the tough performance since i worked in the jungle in borneo at that time.sony xperia acro and samsung gt b2700. the xperia acro actually still survived until now but its small RAM and internal memories really frustrating for sure.the samsung b2700 broken earlier since the battery lock already broken and water leaked inside.the asus zenfone 6, i loved it actually. big memories,big RAM and big screen. but it's too big in your pocket and easy to bend.so the battery bended and made the screen popped out. so now i stand with xiaomi. cheap and quite ok performance.hopefully this will be last longer #gadget #tech #sonyxperiaacros #samsungb2700 #asuszenfone6 #xiaomiredmi5a

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I’m happy that I’m trying to fix my problem by buying a new guitar, though it’s not working yet to help my problem but finally I can buy my own guitar after so many years working!LOL

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couple weeks ago, our aunty came to our house to visit us. Then she looked on Gemi's toy, the plastic mini guitar and then she told my wife something. the uncle's guitar. the one that used to be my wife's the mine then went back to him again.our belated uncle said that he wanted to give this guitar to me as he knew that i played the guitar. too bad he passed away and couldn't give it to me. so aunty offered it again to me..it feels quite hard as i just bought a new one. but then it's just like our uncle's last memento, so yeah we decided to accept it. we just trying to figure it out how and when we'll take it and then this afternoon my father in law brought it. an old Yamaha FG325 (left image, the bright one)..still feels good with nice sound too.. it's hard for sure to choose these guys..but probably I'd sell the new one, since 2guitars are too many in my small house..😢😢 #guitar #folkguitar #acousticguitar #yamahafg325

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I’m happy as I finally my small family could go to travel to Surabaya although with all the drama stuff and our daughter got ill. But we learned the hard way anyway.

I’m happy that my daughter grow bigger and active with all the milestones

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16-11-16 such a nice number actually, though we didn't have any intention at that date. but 2 years ago she came to our life..makes our life more colorful, makes my life even worth to fight.. since her first cry until now..we witnessed she crawled, she stood, she fell, she walked, she run, she jumped, she hummed, she vocalized, she blabbered, she called us, she talked, from a random word to a clear sentence.. laugh and joy for every single development of her…tears flow whenever she got sick, in pain or sad. now she even stronger for travel for many hours with motorbike,car,ship or even plan. she's our hope for the nature, as the nature also a our hope for her. happy birthday my cutie peach, we always love you. #panggildiagemi #mambon #papbon #bonbontroopers

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I’m happy I can still live my lovely small family with these two lovely cutie-peaches

I’m glad I still can survive this life as I think that’s the only resolution that I can get by this year.

To set a new goal

Looking for a healthier life

Making a great LAKERS in my NBA live mobile (LOL)

Working new paper

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More non veterinarian event to join

Make music again

Writes and read more non veterinary shit stuff

Thinking for advance education

Spend more quality time with family and run more family travelling!

Ok, adios amigos. See you in 2019, hope you can make peace with 2018 and ready to grind in 2019.

Happy new year!

A lesson of Ramadan

13 Jun

Dear earth,
How are you guys? Well, it’s always be like these. I lost my thoughts (well some people can say it’s just an existence) after my previous post in earlier this year.
‌Took so many months to just push myself to write again. I did had a lot of things to spill, I had so many great experiences to share. But then it just floated to somewhere without any realization. I don’t know what happen. To mention that “time” as reason sometimes sounds cliché but it’s. I drowned myself in these all fun (or too much fun) activities that somehow sometime can easily turn into boring stuffs. Working, parenting, household activity, traffic to work, sleepiness, charity activity, playing with daughter. Yes, sometimes these tiring-amazing things can lead into boredom (yet I can’t imagine how my wife’s day is). These stuffs turns me into a zombie, holding my fingers to type more words, blocking my eyes to read more words and pulled me out of my curiosity, intensity, to learn more, to try something’s new or even just to keep my mind’s sharp (practices).

‌Then I felt myself easily tired, uneasy to focus, sleepy, hungry, degrading hearing ability, white hairs flooding and spreading in my head like they just doing the binary fusion every second. I realize that this made me really hard to concentrate, especially in a discussion, especially to understand, to react and answer people’s question.
‌As it started become a desperation, I tried to keep myself steady by surfing through the social media and playing the video games. The fact that’s not helping me either and I should’ve just blame those and not to blame the time. But in the end I probably would scream that what I really need is just time, more time. LOL



‌Ah yeah that’s just the prologue of my post anyway. The bottom line is I’m running out of time to study, learn and write. Instead of to use my time efficiently, I’d rather to waste it with games and social media. LOL

‌So it’s already reach the mid-year. As reflection, I haven’t do anything worth, I even can’t match how my last year’s struggling activity. And now already Ramadan (well because I’m late to execute this, it’s almost in the end of Ramadan), the holy month for moslem. A month where moslem told to battle themselves as they had to fast for a day (no eat, no drink), limit their anger, hold their sexual desires, locked out their negativity thoughts and bad words.



‌Physically, we are handicap. Emotionally, we are restricted. At this condition, I always think that we were told to feels and emphasis how animal’s live. When we can’t pass this challenges and test, we are the same like the animal, or even worse.
‌Another point is, we were told to realize how to limit the unlimited things in a complete human, physically and psychologically. Those two actually can sort what we need and what we want but sometimes it easy to blur also. As example, when we are breaking the fast, our stomach may easily full with just small amount food. Though that small amount are never enough for us in a normal ordinary day without fasting. Our body sort things that really important and tells our mind to stop eat the unnecessary. But sometime we are just a greedy and end it up by trying to eat as much as we want and we eat till death.
‌How’s my Ramadan? Quite ok. So far I just have to battle myself more to the sleepiness. Since I wasn’t sleeping at all after the sahur. And this sleepiness is a test when you have to ride motorbike for hours. This year’s less physical work, no fieldwork. 3 years ago I had to deal with illness for some weeks, in the middle of fieldwork too. Thought that I will be safe from that, the fact I got diarrhea just almost in the end of Ramadan. Like last year I had to do the fasting during the fieldwork (well it’s just a couple day, but I was quite weak for sure)

Besides that, I do experience a new thing, such as babysitting a 17 months old daughter that really a test of patient. She runs, cries, plays, she’s not easy to be fed.
‌The other problem is I don’t know why I can’t force myself to do the table work. This brain is just failed to work on write and read activity.  Another interesting part is, I tried to minimize all toxic thoughts that usually were easily spread in your circle. I start to unfollow some toxic person, I even block some of them too.. I feel relieve, I find my peace, finally it’s a good choice.

‌ Too bad that it’s almost reach the end of Ramadan. I learn that after all these years, sometimes we have to limit our unlimited, especially desire. We really have to sort things that we really need before it fulfill our tank too much  and stuck, or before we turn into a greedy bastards. Sometimes we just have to fast and not randomly eat anything. As like last year I succeed to run many things, but then this year I can’t even match the same goals and level. Perhaps it’s a downgrade, but probably I also don’t need that too much. And by fasting, perhaps I can get a complete better proportion of living. I just realized that it’s sad to shut down my charity program for uncertain time, it’s sad to limit my other charity activity, it’s sad to hold my productivity as it may good for my body and mental health, it may good for my family (family time, yeah!), though it’s arguably too for my satisfaction itself.

‌well at least a new thing learnt by this year’s Ramadan. Hopefully.

‌hoping to see Ramadan again next year, as i might learn new things again.

happy Ramadan, we will celebrate our victory in Eidul fitri soon.

See you all again in the next post soon.

bye.

 

Palu Trip : ConsCamp and Refresh!

6 Feb

Actually since last year, my eyes aimed on an interesting status on Facebook, stated by someone from a conservation community called Tambora Muda and probably it would sound more and less just like this:

What if someday we gather in someplace, independently, to share many things in conservation as a moment for capacity building and knowledge transfer? Would it be interesting?

Then couple weeks later, there was the announcement of the annual Tambora Muda’s Conservation Camp. It would be held in Palu, Central Sulawesi, at 9-20 January 2018. Of course it’s an interesting event to join. But then to see the schedule and location made me think twice, it’s impossible for me.

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Speaking about Tambora Muda community, this is a growing community for young researchers and young practitioners in Indonesia biodiversity conservation. Established in December 2015, I was following their activity by their monthly bulletin, “Erupsi”. Though their activity are easily can found in many kind of social medias.

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I was curios about this community, most of the people, the contents, the activities are in the same disciplines such as biology or forestry and less people and issues that related to wildlife medicine, or even conservation medicine.  The fact that I’m a veterinarian who work in conservation, and really believe that conservation effort should run by various disciplines, also veterinary medicine has important roles in conservation biology (some people don’t know about this actually).  At least there are 3 things that related between veterinary medicine and conservation biology, (1) participation in wildlife capture and immobilization, (2) leadership or assistance in addressing wildlife health issues, and (3) leadership or assistance in addressing wildlife disease issues, including using wildlife as sentinels to identify new and emerging diseases or epidemics of old diseases. So those led me to email them and asked about it. Yet they revealed that actually there’s only one veterinarian actively involved and contributed in the community. Then the email became a longer conversation about their interest to ask me to  share my perspectives in their Conservation Camp event. This was a game changer.

Then the invitation letter reached me. I discussed it with my superior about the possibilities, start with a permit to leave my works for couple days and sponsor for the event. In the beginning, it’s not easy to convince that this is gonna be something with good impact to the organization. But in the end, I got the permit and sponsorship. So yess!

My class schedule was arranged on 18 January. So I decided to depart one day earlier. I chose a bad flight which was very early in the morning like 02.30 am. The problem was, the last shuttle bus to Soekarno-Hatta airport from Bogor was at 8 or 8.30 pm. Yet I got to work until 4 pm and reached the house almost 6 pm. I hadn’t packed my goods, just finished my presentation couple hours before. Luckily everything sets on time, though I had to change my pants first just a moment before I left to the bus terminal. I ripped it just in attempt to ride the ojek (damn!).

Thought that the journey to the airport would takes more hours, the fact it just around an hour. Well I got plenty hours stranded in the airport before boarding time. The hardest part was, staying alive from this boredom and sleepiness. Well then everything went smooth in the airplane, took off and flied. Bit turbulence couple minutes before landed, but yeah, everything’s ok. I finally back again in this Sulawesi island. I did spent some years during my childhood in Makassar, 2 years ago I visited Manado and now Palu.

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sunrise view from a plane, above the sky, ready to land

Actually at that day there were also 2 speakers of the Conservation Camp who arrived. But they were couple hours after me. So I decided to call my friends for a short meet, before 10 am, which was the the meeting time between me, 2 other speakers and the committee. Yeah I met Faqih, who actually was my classmate during in the university and her wife also our junior colleague . Had breakfast, shower, some short chat with the guys and also Fadhil, their son, then I straight to the meeting point and left to Lore Lindu National Park.

The 2 remaining speakers were Satrio and Sephy. Satrio would talk about peat swamp habitat and its complex in conservation. He is WRI (World Research Institute) representative, very smart, spent his whole higher education in USA, a Ph.D. and younger than me (LOL)! The other one is Sephy. Nope, it’s a gentleman (remember to not judge a book by its cover?). He is a bat researcher would give a long session about bat studies, quite veterant (he is older than me, haha), has so much same interests like me, he’s cool yo.

Took like almost 2 hours to the national park, we stop in Tambing Lake, where the Conservation Camp of Tambora Muda was held. Spotted some familiar face like Nathan the reptile boy and Billy from Tasikoki rescue center. Met Marsya who emailed me earlier about this event. So the Tambing Lake is actually a tourism object in Lore Lindu National Park. The committee set the camp in its camping ground but then they decided to move some people to a hall nearby due the unfriendly weather. It’s cold, it’s in the mountain area. The fact that the place has just finished for some renovations due the big earthquake last year, but the place looked good, neat and quite clean (when less people come). Nathan said there were no reptile found during his surveys and some birds easy to spot.

 

Anyway on the first night, Sephy started his long session about bat studies, but the electricity went bad and made the class bit uncomfortable to follow. He also tried to apply a trap to capture the bat, but zero result that night. Yet I was very tired..I only slept like 2-3 hours and I wasn’t sure i could sleep well in the new place and cold like that. I went sleep with a big concern..what if the electricity failed again during my presentation (I still applied my “no laptop during conference or workshop policy”).

With the time difference there, I awake just like my biological hours, though it still bit dark, and no one else. Quite fresh after the sleep and a bit confident for my talk that day. I, Billy and Sephy talked about the electricity disturbance that might become a trouble for us. Luckily the committee asked the national park officer to check our generator and tried to fix it. Then the generator back to work again, electricity went on again. Then the committee asked me to do presentation before lunch. Considering the unstable power, so I said yes in the first time.

Well my talk was titled Conservation Medicine Practice. I tried to share perspective about conservation medicine.

1But before reached punchline, I tried to introduce to the participants about veterinarian, the works of veterinarian and talking about the animal health, I mentioned about zoonosis.

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Shared some cases of zoonosis that exist in Indonesia and could spread with in the conservationist fieldwork. I told’em about how important biosecurity in our works is.

 

I pointed many things that could influence the spread of the disease and it ended in how we treat people, animal and our environment as one connection. That is a concept that sounded lately and known as one health concept.

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As a punchline, I continued to explain about one emerging discipline that preserve the one health concept, which is the conservation medicine. Most literature define conservation medicine as an emerging , interdisciplinary field that studies the relationship between human, animal health and environmental condition.  But then I just knew that there is a misunderstanding of  conservation medicine definition in Indonesia, which become quite similar to wildlife veterinary medicine.

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I don’t agree with the Indonesian terms, as I always believe that animal health, human and environmental are connected in one link and studied through many kind of discipline aspects. After defined the conservation medicine’s term, I did share some cases of wildlife disease outbreak and tried to explain in conservation medicine’s perspective.

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As a closing, I played some videos of my works in IAR Indonesia (commercial breaks! :p). How bout the feedback? Quite impressing actually. At least around 3-4 person asked some questions related to animal welfare. Great feedback then!

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What made me happier after the presentation went smooth was I joined the bat session again. That night we succeed to apply the mist nets and also the harps trap the morning after. We got a bat! No, we got bats!!

So then after the bat successfully captured, we put in bag and straight to hall for the examination. Here participants learned how to handle the bats, tried to identify the species and the sex, did morphometric, body weight measured and collected some ectoparasites (that’s my request actually!) Not every participants had deal with wildlife directly, so bit acceptable that some of them were too excited with the animal. But I warned many times to not point too much light or flash to the animals, to not touch them recklessly, or waste time too long for the handle.

For the biosecurity issues also bit concerning, since we don’t used proper minimum protection, the committee didn’t provide it too, so I hope in the future they would considered about this. But i appreciate how the guys were trying their best to run and set the stuff, thumbs up!

Well actually my flight was in 20th, but I decided to left in 19th.  I would leave the camp later on afternoon, but that the remaining speakers apparently had to fly back in the afternoon, so we had to left earlier together.

While the others quite in a rush to catch the flight, but at least we could hangout and took some pictures in some good spot in the seaside, in Palu. We also had spare time to shop souvenirs!

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Then after the others flew, I decided to spent a night in Faqih’s house. But before stop in his house, I and the generous Fahri (PIC for pick-up, he was very welcome with our will and love to help us to take a picture!) had another sightseeing in the city, to the Tadulako University and visited the Nosarara Nosabatutu Monument, the peace monument of Poso’s conflict.

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Tried to get the feels of the monument. It’s always hard for us to build this country, especially when we waste too much times and lives for intern conflict like this 😦 ..Anyway the place itself had very beautiful scenery, since it was on the high land. There you can spot great scenery of Palu when mountain meets seaside from the top view. This city is beautiful for sure!

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Well then to end the night Faqih brought me to eat the Kaledo! The Palu’s dish! Basically beef and their bones, cooked like a soup. Quite light broth and seasoning, but tasty!

On to the next day, which was my last day in Palu. I woke very late, exhausted for the jetlag and tiredness from couple days before. Then Faqih, me and Fadhil had Palu’s breakfast style. Eating Putu with duo and Nasi Kuning in the beach while watching the sea.

Unfortunately it’s rain and we left earlier to his house. Then I packed my stuff and then ready to the airport. But before that, we went to eat Utadada. It’s just like a chicken in white curry and served with ketupat, we ordered the roasted chicken too and it all so tasty!! Really a great dish to end my journey in Palu.

So much refreshing for the journey, the food, the people, and ConsCamp was a great event. Too bad I couldn’t join for the whole event. Very glad and happy to see Faqih, Lia and their son, Fadhil. Thank you very much guys! Much appreciate for Marsya, Shera and the gank for this opportunity. Not forget to mention the generous Fahri who’d welcome to accompany me for short moment in Palu. Palu is a beautiful city for sure, their foods are outstanding too!